Nerve Tissue Proteins

Publication Title: 
Science (New York, N.Y.)

Environmental stressors during childhood and adolescence influence postnatal brain maturation and human behavioral patterns in adulthood. Accordingly, excess stressors result in adult-onset neuropsychiatric disorders. We describe an underlying mechanism in which glucocorticoids link adolescent stressors to epigenetic controls in neurons.

Niwa, Minae
Jaaro-Peled, Hanna
Tankou, Stephanie
Seshadri, Saurav
Hikida, Takatoshi
Matsumoto, Yurie
Cascella, Nicola G.
Kano, Shin-ichi
Ozaki, Norio
Nabeshima, Toshitaka
Sawa, Akira
Publication Title: 
Translational Psychiatry

The elucidation of epigenetic alterations in the autism brain has potential to provide new insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying abnormal gene expression in this disorder. Given strong evidence that engrailed-2 (EN-2) is a developmentally expressed gene relevant to cerebellar abnormalities and autism, the epigenetic evaluation of this candidate gene was undertaken in 26 case and control post-mortem cerebellar samples. Assessments included global DNA methylation, EN-2 promoter methylation, EN-2 gene expression and EN-2 protein levels.

James, S. J.
Shpyleva, Svitlana
Melnyk, Stepan
Pavliv, Oleksandra
Pogribny, I. P.
Publication Title: 
Current Pharmaceutical Design

Epigenetic mechanisms, i.e. the control gene of expression without changing DNA sequence, include DNA methylation, histone post-translational modifications (PTMs) and microRNAs (miRNAs). Aberrant epigenetic modifications are associated with several pathological conditions, including brain diseases, resulting from environmental causes, ageing or genetic factors. The role of histone PTMs, including acetylation, phosphorylation, methylation and ubiquitylation, has been demonstrated in learning and memory, both in physiological conditions and in neuropathologies.

Monti, Barbara
Publication Title: 
Developmental Neuroscience

Quality of maternal care in infancy is an important contributing factor in the development of behavior and psychopathology. One way maternal care could affect behavioral trajectories is through environmentally induced epigenetic alterations within brain regions known to play prominent roles in cognition, emotion regulation, and stress responsivity. Whereas such research has largely focused on the hippocampus or hypothalamus, the prefrontal cortex (PFC) has only just begun to receive attention.

Blaze, Jennifer
Scheuing, Lisa
Roth, Tania L.
Publication Title: 
PloS One

The increased vulnerability to alcohol dependence (AD) seen in individuals with childhood adversity (CA) may result in part from CA-induced epigenetic changes. To examine CA-associated DNA methylation changes in AD patients, we examined peripheral blood DNA methylation levels of 384 CpGs in promoter regions of 82 candidate genes in 279 African Americans [AAs; 88 with CA (70.5% with AD) and 191 without CA (38.2% with AD)] and 239 European Americans [EAs; 61 with CA (86.9% with AD) and 178 without CA (46.6% with AD)] using Illumina GoldenGate Methylation Array assays.

Zhang, Huiping
Wang, Fan
Kranzler, Henry R.
Zhao, Hongyu
Gelernter, Joel
Publication Title: 
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Transcriptional dysregulation is an early feature of Huntington disease (HD). We observed gene-specific changes in histone H3 lysine 4 trimethylation (H3K4me3) at transcriptionally repressed promoters in R6/2 mouse and human HD brain. Genome-wide analysis showed a chromatin signature for this mark. Reducing the levels of the H3K4 demethylase SMCX/Jarid1c in primary neurons reversed down-regulation of key neuronal genes caused by mutant Huntingtin expression. Finally, reduction of SMCX/Jarid1c in primary neurons from BACHD mice or the single Jarid1 in a Drosophila HD model was protective.

Vashishtha, Malini
Ng, Christopher W.
Yildirim, Ferah
Gipson, Theresa A.
Kratter, Ian H.
Bodai, Laszlo
Song, Wan
Lau, Alice
Labadorf, Adam
Vogel-Ciernia, Annie
Troncosco, Juan
Ross, Christopher A.
Bates, Gillian P.
Krainc, Dimitri
Sadri-Vakili, Ghazaleh
Finkbeiner, Steven
Marsh, J. Lawrence
Housman, David E.
Fraenkel, Ernest
Thompson, Leslie M.
Publication Title: 
Nature Neuroscience

Using the Illumina 450K array and a stringent statistical analysis with age and gender correction, we report genome-wide differences in DNA methylation between pathology-free regions derived from human multiple sclerosis-affected and control brains. Differences were subtle, but widespread and reproducible in an independent validation cohort. The transcriptional consequences of differential DNA methylation were further defined by genome-wide RNA-sequencing analysis and validated in two independent cohorts.

Huynh, Jimmy L.
Garg, Paras
Thin, Tin Htwe
Yoo, Seungyeul
Dutta, Ranjan
Trapp, Bruce D.
Haroutunian, Vahram
Zhu, Jun
Donovan, Michael J.
Sharp, Andrew J.
Casaccia, Patrizia
Publication Title: 

Covalent modifications of nucleotides, such as methylation or hydroxymethylation of cytosine, regulate gene expression. Early environmental risk factors play a role in mental disorders in adulthood. This may be in part mediated by epigenetic DNA modifications. Methods for comprehensive analysis of DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation include DNA modification methods such as bisulfite sequencing, or collection of methylated, hydroxymethylated, or unmethylated DNA by specific binding proteins, antibodies, or restriction enzymes, followed by sequencing or microarray analysis.

Kato, Tadafumi
Iwamoto, Kazuya
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CNTNAP2, one of the largest genes in the human genome, has been linked to human-specific language abilities and neurodevelopmental disorders. Our hypothesis is that epigenetic rather than genetic changes have accelerated the evolution of the human brain. To compare the cortex DNA methylation patterns of human and chimpanzee CNTNAP2 at ultra-high resolution, we combined methylated DNA immunoprecipitation (MeDIP) with NimbleGen tiling arrays for the orthologous gene and flanking sequences.

Schneider, Eberhard
El Hajj, Nady
Richter, Steven
Roche-Santiago, Justin
Nanda, Indrajit
Schempp, Werner
Riederer, Peter
Navarro, Bianca
Bontrop, Ronald E.
Kondova, Ivanela
Scholz, Claus J¸rgen
Haaf, Thomas
Publication Title: 
Translational Psychiatry

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by symptoms related to altered social interactions/communication and restricted and repetitive behaviors. In addition to genetic risk, epigenetic mechanisms (which include DNA methylation/demethylation) are thought to be important in the etiopathogenesis of ASD.

Zhubi, A.
Chen, Y.
Dong, E.
Cook, E. H.
Guidotti, A.
Grayson, D. R.


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